1200 to 1300 Writing TV and Film for Kids

Room: Script Angel Cinema
Time: LondonSWF2024 12:00pm


with Catherine Williams and Johnny Smith

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Don’t let the title deceive you – writing TV and Film for children is an art form as sophisticated and nuanced as crafting stories for adults. The key ingredients? Riveting concepts, unforgettable characters, tales that demand to be told and a rich, immersive world bursting with potential. Kids deserve the best, and it’s up to us to give it to them.

Join Catherine and Johnny, seasoned screenwriters with a wealth of experience in film and TV, for an engaging and insightful workshop. This session is designed to be warm and inviting, perfect for fostering creativity, as they share their in-depth knowledge on:

  • Brainstorming and developing compelling concepts
  • Crafting immersive worlds that enchant and entertain
  • Embracing a free-spirited approach to writing
  • Listening to and learning from your characters
  • Working with existing formats
  • Effectively incorporating feedback
  • How to establish rules…
  • …and know when to smash them!
  • The importance of ‘play’ in the creative process

Catherine and Johnny will guide you through the journey from script to screen, shedding light on the development process, the balance between staying true to your vision and adapting to others, and the unique challenge of engaging the most discerning audience of all: children. Underestimating them? That’s a risk you can’t afford to take.

Appearing in this session

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Screenwriter

Credits include: New Teletubbies, Topsy and Tim, Waffle the Wonder Dog, Chip and Potato

Catherine has over 15 years’ experience as series co-creator, writer, head writer and script editor on many BAFTA-winning children’s shows.
Catherine Williams
Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith – Writer

Credits include: Danger Mouse, Dragon Rider, Gnomeo & Juliet

Johnny has written for some classic British family fare: GNOMEO & JULIET, DRAGON RIDER, DANGER MOUSE, and MIKE BASSETT
Johnny Smith